Azores to Spain or France – Day 1
Our position at 10:00 BST Monday 9th July
40 19 North
027 14 West
Not sure where we’re heading yet but it’s 1079 miles to Camaret in France and our run from 11:30 yesterday to 10:00 this morning was 130 miles.
So we finally got away from Horta after waiting to walk the caldera, which was worth the wait and, as usual, the weather. Bill has been watching the weather since we arrived 3 weeks ago and there hasn’t been one suitable window to leave on. We’d planned to spend another 2 weeks in the Azores and see some of the other islands but when the weather started looking good we thought we had better leave. In the end we were the last rally boat out of 44 to leave Horta although there were lots of regular cruisers coming and going. Horta is a bit of a crossroads. Many vessels heading back to the UK but a lot also going to the Portuguese mainland and on into the Med.
As we left I put our clocks forward 1 hour so we are now the same time as the UK. The first couple of hours we motored to get clear of the harbour and the island of Faial, then the sails went up and we sailed for the rest of the day passing the islands of Pico, Sao Jorge and Graciosa. The peak of Pico was visible right up until sunset. I think there must have been some funny old currents running between the islands because I spent most of the day feeling seasick. I haven’t felt like that for over a year but the currents were hitting the islands and running back again causing a very confused sea. The wind dropped just after 10pm and we motored all night but it was back at 6am so the sails went up and the engine turned off again.
Still quite warm here and we still only have shorts and t-shirts on. I put a fleece on in the evenings because it gets chilly and Bill has been putting his Musto trousers on for his night watch.
I couldn’t face cooking so Bill made pasta with a jar of sauce.
I think this blog should be going through to all the facebook pages now but it’s sent via an email so I can’t see facebook. I’ll look forward to my messages when I get in.
Finally could someone please let me know if they got those dear little boys out of the cave in Thailand. I keep thinking of the poor little chaps, so brave but they must have been so frightened.
All’s well on board.